1 To make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken. It is one thing to abbreviate by contracting, another by cutting off. Bacon.
To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.
1 Abbreviated; abridged; shortened. [R.] “The abbreviate form.” Earle.
Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type.
An abridgment. [Obs.] Elyot.